On July 15th, Taed Cejtin, an Evanston local, organized “Warehouse Concert for Cause” at Hammer & Pixel Studio – a videography studio on Custer Street owned by Taed’s father, Steve Cejtin. The concert – featuring six local performers with music ranging from hip-hop to blues to rap – benefited the Moran Center. Approximately 200 people attended, raising $1,500!
“The event was a huge success and I really enjoyed collaborating with everyone. We had a great turnout and people were very impressed by the talented musicians and the studio space,” Taed states. Born and raised in Evanston, Taed has always been proud of his community. “I recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Civil engineering. My father actually inspired me to go into engineering and got me involved in music, particularly drumming, at a very young age.” While collaborating with his friend Adam Rubman (member of Rub n’ Alc), the two came up with the idea of an event with the dual purpose of showcasing local artists as well as supporting the Evanston community. Taed says, “We wanted to give back to something that we cared about and the Moran Center immediately came to mind.” In addition to organizing and emceeing the event, Taed played drums with Rub n’ Alc at the Warehouse Concert for Cause.
“Seeing young people who have experienced first-hand the challenges of navigating childhood to adulthood then reach out and help other youth in the community is really inspiring,” said Moran Center Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin. “We need this kind of youth-led activism and leadership to invoke systemic change and create a more equitable community.”
Nathan Brieva sums up how he felt attending the event, “The overall enriching experience left a few hundred Evanston peers in awe of what can be accomplished as a group.”
Photos provided by Paul Elliot with DualMind Visuals.